Columbia kicks off Candlelight, Carols, and Claus in Downtown Columbia
December 6, 2013 at 2:42 AM CST - Updated July 25 at 1:28 PM
Columbia kicks of its annual Candlelight, Carols, and Claus event with a tree lighting and children's choir downtown.
The event in the heart of downtown Columbia features sales and refreshments by local merchants,
and chance to get children and choral groups out and about to celebrate the Christmas spirit. There are bell ensembles and caroling groups along with a Christmas Carnival with rides and fair food for the kids.
Ccandlelight, Carols and Claus hopes to bring those in the community and close by together to celebrate Christmas and an opportunity to shop and support local merchants
Shannon Ellis with Main Street, Inc. said, "This is our annual promotion of Candlelight, Carols, and Claus, for the merchants of downtown Columbia and to kick off the Christmas and shopping season and we have a lot of special sales going on in our stores. We've got carnival events for the kids. We've got an awesome new movie theater. We've got a farmers market going on down the street. Our vendors there that are our usual Thursday and Saturday morning vendors. Just a lot going on to come see."
Candlelight, Carols, and Claus will continue from 6 to 10pm Friday and Saturday with a Christmas parade on Friday night and then a Reindeer Run 5K and God Speed Three concert on Saturday night.